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post #1 of 6 Old 06-01-2007, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Question Hard Luggage

I need to know about what mounts and luggage are available for the bigD. I know of Suzuki, Givi, Krauser. I would guess there are others. My intent is to run with a top trunk only, then buy hard side bags before my next trip (I think I'll start in Barcelona and end at the arctic circle in Norway via Lyon, Geneva, Vienna. Prague and Berlin. I'll have to THOROUGHLY test my new FlatBar tipover shock absorbers*). The tail trunk mount can include the side bag mounts as a single unit, or the side bag mounting rack could be seperate form the tail trunk mount as long as they will work together. What fits good? What looks good? What holds the biggest luggage (48 Ltr up)? What is the narrowest from side to side when mounted (good for lane splitting)? Your advice would be appreciated.

* I inadvertently tried the Bar-Ender shock absorbers at Sears Point (Napa) when my DL rolled off of its kickstand while I was setting up the Hunter FlatBars booth by myself at the AMA WSB races. I WAS trying to figure out how to actually test them, then there was that (convenient?) gravity spike. The left turn signal lens cracked...and that's all!

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-01-2007, 02:12 PM
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I have the GIVI E450 Simply top case and love it. I will add the GIVI E21 side cases next.
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-01-2007, 03:21 PM
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I'm planning on the Givi V46 topcase (since I commute everyday on the bike. Then adding the Caribou side cases for longer/camping trips.
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-01-2007, 03:54 PM
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I've got Givi's on mine. I believe Madstad makes a rear luggage bracket that is compatable with several brands (including Givi). I've got E45 cases on the top and sides. Not good for lane splitting, but I can carry a lot of stuff.

(I know, you said you wanted 48 ltr cases, but 45 is pretty close.)

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post #5 of 6 Old 06-01-2007, 04:15 PM
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I got this bike set up for a 2 month 2-up trip across Europe and the Alps. It is wide but handles fine fully loaded.

Givis 52l top 41l side for maximizing storage, all keyed alike, come off with a button push

If you're commuting and lane spliting, the top case is more than enough space, just leave the side cases home.

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post #6 of 6 Old 06-02-2007, 08:30 AM
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+1 on the GIVI E52 top case. I leave it on mine almost all the time, but can take it off with a twist of the key and a press of a button, and then can carry it like a hard-sided small suitcase. The case seems very durable, very watertight, and doesn't look too big on the bike.

I can fit my Nolan 102 XL helmet in this case - it wouldn't fit in any others. Plus I can fit a second, smaller helmet at the same time.

It was pretty easy to mount the adapter plate. You do have to remove the Suzuki rack, and you'll want somebody with thin fingers to help hold the nuts as you mount the GIVI plate.

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